Our modern homes are packed full of entertainment and electronics, that even a few years ago, we couldn’t have dreamt of. With TV’s in nearly every room, laptops, games consoles, e-readers, tablets, smartphones and seemingly a new streaming service available every day, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to entertainment.
The problem with all these gadgets is that they tend to keep us in our homes and stop us from spending time outdoors. Research has shown that the average Britain now spends around 90% of their time indoors.
When we spend time outdoors, our bodies soak up natural light which has a considerable number of health benefits. There is no substitute for spending time outside. However, there are changes you can make to your home to maximise the amount of natural light they let in.
In this post, we look at five ways you can bring more natural light into your home.
Clean Your Windows
By far the quickest and most straightforward of the tips on our list is to regularly clean your windows inside and out. Although you may not be able to see it, dirt and dust can build up on glazing to the point that it starts to impact the light levels passing through your windows.
Cleaning the interior of your windows is relatively simple as you have easy access from inside your home. It’s typically easier to employ a local window cleaner to maintain the outside. Ideally, they should be cleaned every 4 to 8 weeks to keep them looking clean and sparkling.
Install a Bifold Door
Bifold doors can transform a room by effectively turning a whole wall into a folding window. They work best in a room that connects to your garden as they can help create a seamless transition from outside space to inside space.
While they come into their own in the summer months when you can throw them open on a beautiful sunny day, they also allow light to flood into your home in the colder winter months.
Clear Trees and Greenery
Many homes, especially those that are more established, can have trees, bushes or even climbing plants that block light or cover windows. If your home is dark because of outside greenery, consider cutting it back to allow more natural light into your property.
Redecorate with Light Paint Colours
Dark coloured painted walls and statement wallpaper may look great, but they also absorb natural light and make a room feel darker. Introducing lighter shades on your walls and ceiling will mean natural light is better reflected.
Try and avoid using brilliant white paint on your walls, as, although it is reflective, it can also make a room feel cold and clinical. Off white shades create a warmer, more homely feel and still give the space the boost of natural light you’re looking for.
Introduce Shiny Surfaces
If your bathroom or kitchen feel dark or small, then introducing units with shiny surfaces can help lift the room and give the impression of more space.
Mirrors are a simple and very effective way of making the most of natural light in a room while at the same time adding a stylish finishing touch.
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